Though the steps and requirements needed to get a marriage license might feel overwhelming, it’s actually fairly simple. Here’s an overview of what you need to know, but keep in mind that, depending on which county you get married in, there might be some different requirements or fees, so check with your county beforehand.
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Who May Apply?
Unmarried people who are 18 years old, or minors who are at least 16 years old who also have parent/guardian consent.
As of 2019, the laws regarding how marriages are sanctified changed slightly, and though it’s easier to get married, it also requires couples to complete a few extra steps. First, fill out and print the marriage license form provided by the state. Then take that form to a notary to have the signatures witnessed. Once the form has been notarized, deliver it to the Probate Office in your county within 30 days along with the fee. The official date of the marriage is when the license has been notarized, however, it will not be recognized as legal until it is recorded by the Probate Office.
Ceremonies are not required.
What to Provide?
When completing the marriage license form, each party will need to know their social security number
Probate Office filing fees differ depending on the county, but tend to be around $80.
Waiting Period/Expiration of License
There is no waiting period. Couples have 30 days from the date the license is notarized to deliver it to the Probate Office.